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Observations from the Mean Green’s win over Nicholls State

Observations from the Mean Green’s win over Nicholls State

Observations from the Mean Green’s win over Nicholls State
September 20
19:24 2014

Akshay Mirchandani / Sports Editor

The Mean Green football team did what they were expected to against Nicholls State University and won 77-3 at Apogee Stadium on Saturday. There were little to no negatives to take away from the game, but there were plenty of positives.

  1. Williams shines in debut, but tap brakes: A game against a Division I-AA such as Nicholls State normally wouldn’t hold much interest, but that the Mean Green made a quarterback change added something to it. In his first ever start, redshirt freshman Dajon Williams shined going with 176 passing yards and three passing touchdowns, along with 68 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. It was the most effective the offense has been all season and certainly provided some optimism for the future. But let’s tap the brakes and remember who he was playing against. Nicholls State came in as a 0-3 team, with one of their losses being against a Division-II school, and their head coach resigned a week ago. Williams is going to have to repeat this performance against tougher competition than Nicholls State. It’s a great start, no doubt, but the expectations still need to be tapered.
  2. Defensive line breaks record: The Mean Green defense came at the Nicholls’ State quarterbacks all game long. They registered 10 sacks, which broke the school record for sacks in a game. Granted, this game against Nicholls State but the fact that this defensive line has been so effective even after graduating four starters is extremely impressive. The defense as a whole also had three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns.
  3. Balanced offense: Williams adds a new dimension to this offense with his ability to throw the ball, but the Mean Green still maintained what their identity was: running the ball. The Mean Green had 202 passing yards compared to 324 rushing yards. Senior running back Reggie Pegram and Williams combined for four rushing touchdowns. North Texas could have ripped off more chunks of yards through the air against a bad Nicholls State team, but it’s nice to see a team stick to their identity and what they do best even after struggling on the ground last week.
  4. Special team great again: Brelan Chancellor was a fan favorite during his time at UNT in part because of his exciting punt returns. Junior wide receiver Darvin Kidsy showed flashes of that today. Kidsy had 132 total return yards on punts. That included one return that he took 75-yards back for a touchdown when it looked like he was out-of-bounds at one point, and looked like he was going to go down at another point. Special teams as a whole played well and also had two blocked punts.
  5. Attendance: The official attendance for the game was 21,323, which was the eighth largest crowd for a game at Apogee Stadium. Not bad, but not great either. This wasn’t like the game against Southern Methodist University which kicked off at 11:30 a.m. on a Saturday morning, and it wasn’t like the Louisiana Tech game which kicked off on a Thursday night. This was 2:30 p.m. in the middle of the day. The Mean Green wasn’t playing a big time opponent, but more fans have to come out to make this an even better homefield advantage than it already is.


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Redshirt freshman Dajon Williams trots into the endzone for the first score of the game and of Williams’ career on Saturday against Nicholls State Unviersity.

Featured Image: Senior running back Reggie Pegram waltzes into the endzone on Saturday past a beaten down Nicholls State University defense. Photos by RyanVance – Staff Photographer

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